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Teachers union leader: Poor leadership crippling OKC school district

BY ED ALLEN Modified: December 13, 2012 at 10:26 pm •  Published: December 14, 2012

Oklahoma City must come to terms with the fact that the school district is incapable of improving on its own. Our patrons, residents, faith partners, business and city leaders, along with the union, must come together and move our district forward. We must hold the leadership of Oklahoma City Public Schools accountable. As of now, no one is doing so.

Coming together as a community will be difficult, even painful at times, but not nearly as difficult and painful as standing by while another generation of our children aren't given every opportunity to become productive citizens and achieve their dreams.

The union stands ready to work with others and do our part in changing our district culture and raising student achievement. The grading scandal can be an opportunity for leaders to make real change. Now is the time for a concerted effort to put the public back into public education. As citizens and community leaders, are we willing to share our time, talent and treasure to affect change?

Or will we leave a failing school district in the hands of those who can't get the job done?

Allen is president of the Oklahoma City American Federation of Teachers.